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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: The defiant democrat
ABC via Yahoo ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, Jordyn Phelps & Sherisse Pham

Posted on 01/31/2013 12:35:00 AM PST by neverdem

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., defied the odds in November when she won the closest senate race in the country, and now that she's arrived in Washington, she's defiant as ever. But now, instead of defying the pollsters, she's defying the Democratic caucus by taking divergent opinions on issues central to the President Obama's second term agenda, ranging from gun control to the environment.

Heitkamp, who says growing the economy is her top priority, is concerned that the president is changing his focus to issues like climate change and gun control. "I think, you know the one thing that has gotten lost by everyone is one of the best ways that we can perform here is by getting people back to work, making sure that this economic recovery, slow as it is, gets amped up and moves forward," Heitkamp tells Politics Confidential. "It's one of the reasons why I've been such a big proponent of the Keystone Pipeline. There's a shovel ready, private sector jobs program, good paying jobs."

On the topic of gun control, Heitkamp does not hesitate when asked if she'll support an assault weapons ban; her answer is a definitive no.

"There's literally hundreds of thousands of guns already out there," says Heitkamp. "This isn't a solution to the problem, that's my first thing. And I think if you read the case, the Second Amendment case, you got some serious Second Amendment challenges in all of this, and my personal perspective is that you are ignoring what could actually work to prevent this from happening because you are following an agenda that you already had before this ever happened, instead of taking a look at this circumstance, these situations and how do we prevent this violence."

Heitkamp says mental health needs to be part of the conversation in...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: agw; banglist; guncontrol; heidiheitkamp; keystonepipeline; keystonexl; northdakota; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/31/2013 12:35:08 AM PST by neverdem
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Lemme guess, she’s a dem because she wants the right to slaughter womb-bound humans.


2 posted on 01/31/2013 12:45:34 AM PST by Gene Eric
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To: Smokin' Joe; GOP_Party_Animal; Lion Den Dan

Obama is a lame duck. Heidi and similar rats in the Senate don’t have many reasons to agree with Obama’s agenda as proclaimed in his second inaugural address.


3 posted on 01/31/2013 12:51:45 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
The gun control issue is still the third rail of politics.

As far as the oil patch goes, reductions in State Income Tax, economic prosperity, a fat state budget--all go down the tubes if the patch gets shut down.

Even the Eastern North Dakotans (the part of the State with no oil, but which elected her) would realize they had been benefiting from tax reductions once they went away--and that would be political suicide.

4 posted on 01/31/2013 1:40:38 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: neverdem
you are following an agenda that you already had before this ever happened

Shh! Family secret.

5 posted on 01/31/2013 2:27:24 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: neverdem

Good cop : Bad cop.


6 posted on 01/31/2013 3:10:05 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Lemme guess: Sure this Heitkamp bimbo is talking tough now ... but will back some far-left SCOTUS nominee in the near future. Thought North Dakotans were smarter than this. Looks like they bought themselves a closet Leftist for Life as a Senatrix, although she sounds smarter than Barbara Boxer, I have no doubt they will vote together most of the time.


7 posted on 01/31/2013 3:15:05 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, what the hell happened to Reggie Love? Who's in the playroom with Barry now?)
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To: Kenny Bunk
It depends on where you are in the state. In the west (oil patch), where I live, most of us don't trust a democrat any more than a buffalo in rut.

In the Eastern part of the state, (Fargo, Grand Forks), they've been pulling down Federal Money for a long time, flood relief, universities, and an air base out there. When you consider that 2/7 of the population is in Fargo and Grand Forks, 1/7 in Bismarck/Mandan, it is an uphill climb to beat a democrat here, despite the conservative nature of many of the people.

Sadly, they fell for the "save the family farm" crap until there weren't many, the "save Social Security" crap while the Dems looted it, and a host of squawks about farm programs. The election was close, though, with only 3000 votes between Heitkamp and Berg.

Another factor was that while I'm not sure how much the GOP spent on Berg's campaign, Heitkamp had a LOT of airtime and slick mail out campaign material which bombarded people with what I still think was dreck.

We'll see.

I didn't vote for her, and I'm not sure which interests in the State she will back (East vs. West) or if she'll find the razor's edge of middle ground that manages to keep everyone happy--she'll likely catch Hell from all sides if she does (not conservative enough for the conservatives, not liberal enough for the liberals.)

While we know the oil boom has been good for just about everyone, (with some exceptions, granted), the east side persists in oil envy, trying to put the brakes on something that has two speeds--flat out and dead stop.

Fargo is the most liberal (and largest) town in the State, and their mayor has been siding with Bloomberg on guns.

(I think they should build the flood diversion channel around the west side and give the town to Minnesota, where it might be more at home, but that's just my opinion.)

Anyway, she has to go a long way to prove she isn't just another Democrat in DC as far as I am concerned.

8 posted on 01/31/2013 3:35:41 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: neverdem

She’s either a communist or not a communist. If she weren’t a communist she wouldn’t be a member of the communist party (D).

Some Demolsheviks are just more vulnerable than others. If the Senate gets down to needing just one vote to confiscate every pee shooter in the land, she will cast her lot for state control. When has a Democrat ever done otherwise?


9 posted on 01/31/2013 3:46:37 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

She claims (at this time) to be against gun confiscation, but her main thing is to listen to local politics and support the Keystone pipeline. That should keep her in office, irrespective of whatever else she says, and whether or not the feds block the pipeline. Thanks neverdem.


10 posted on 01/31/2013 3:57:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Kenny Bunk
she sounds smarter than Barbara Boxer

The squirrels in my back yard are smarter than Barbara Boxer.

11 posted on 01/31/2013 4:00:17 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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...when asked if she'll support an assault weapons ban; her answer is a definitive no... "This isn't a solution to the problem, that's my first thing... you are ignoring what could actually work to prevent this from happening because you are following an agenda that you already had before this ever happened, instead of taking a look at this circumstance, these situations and how do we prevent this violence." Heitkamp says mental health needs to be part of the conversation...

12 posted on 01/31/2013 4:03:57 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Gene Eric
Lemme guess, she’s a dem because she wants the right to slaughter womb-bound humans.

You don't have to be a "dem" for that. Here in Illinois we have a baby killing senator with an "R" behind his name. (Mark Kirk).

13 posted on 01/31/2013 4:14:40 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: neverdem
"There's literally hundreds of thousands of guns already out there," says Heitkamp.

I'm guessing she didn't major in math.

14 posted on 01/31/2013 4:15:16 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: neverdem
"Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., defied the odds in November when she won the closest senate race in the country"

Does a Republican ever win a "close race"?

15 posted on 01/31/2013 4:27:59 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

Never. In the past three Senate elections, the Republicans have lost about 8 seats by 1 or 2%.


16 posted on 01/31/2013 4:43:33 AM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: Graybeard58
I'd take his twin as a replacement for Durbin.
17 posted on 01/31/2013 4:49:56 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: neverdem

Heidi ran to the right of the John Birch Society but when you have listened to her guest host for her brother on their “News and Views” program, you will have heard her make comments about certain people making too much money and discussing how government control can and should be increased on people and business. She is as big of a Communist/Fascist as Obama.


18 posted on 01/31/2013 5:15:34 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: Lion Den Dan

Is there any way we can turn 5 rats into independents that would caucus with the republicans?

Heidi sounds like a viable target.


19 posted on 01/31/2013 5:24:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
s there any way we can turn 5 rats into independents that would caucus with the republicans? Heidi sounds like a viable target.

That would be strategic thinking, something the GOP stinks at.

Here's another stratagem--the GOP should be calling for Menendez of NJ to step down, after all the charges are so serious,are they not? Then Christie, a Republican, could appoint a GOP Senator.

The only fly in the ointment, is that Christie, in the name of "fairness" would appoint a Democrat.

But if we don;t start making strategic alliances to encircle the Dems in the Senate between now and 2014, we are in a world of hurt.

The obvious goal of the Dems is to completely eliminate the GOP and especially conservatives from any role in governance. You have to fight fire with fire.

20 posted on 01/31/2013 5:36:42 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Is there any way we can turn 5 rats into independents that would caucus with the republicans?

It would take a bushel of magic beans and a bag of love dust. A rat is a Rat.

21 posted on 01/31/2013 6:10:20 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: neverdem
On the topic of gun control, Heitkamp does not hesitate when asked if she'll support an assault weapons ban; her answer is a definitive no.

"Defiant," my ass. This is empty posturing.

We heard all this crap from other "concerned" dems in both the Senate and House during the Obamacare debacle. Evidently, Heitkamp hasn't yet been visited by Reid's goons who will dangle a package of lucrative pork projects, laced with a dose of not-so-veiled threats of isolation if she doesn't get on the bus.

Unless there are enough votes to pass a ban, thereby allowing her a token "no" vote, she'll be casting an "aye" vote as directed.

22 posted on 01/31/2013 6:18:44 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: exit82
Does a Republican ever win a "close race"?

Ever heard of George W. Bush?

23 posted on 01/31/2013 6:52:30 AM PST by nwrep
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To: Hardastarboard
You are selling Babs Boxer way too short!

Her role in the Senate, nay her life's work, is to make the other CA yenta senata look occasionally intelligent. No easy task that!

From that POV, you have to admit she has succeeded admirably.

What really really mystified me during my exile in the land of fruits and nuts was that no one in LALAland ever asked, "Where do Mr. Boxer and Baby Boxer get all that big money? How exactly does Daddy Feinstein come up with several hundred million bucks? Mr. Pelosi: half a billion in the bank, or I am buying the drinks."

O yeah, one other thing.BTW, I could never understand how your average illegal Mexican voters turn out for these two. Neither of these two stupid bimbo-senatrices speaks a word of Spanish, nor has a decent Hispanic staff member. Since they both turn over staff a lot more often than the Patel motel changes sheets, that's really odd. 0TOH, maybe the illegal Mexicans don't know they're turning out?

24 posted on 01/31/2013 6:54:22 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, what the hell happened to Reggie Love? Who's in the playroom with Barry now?)
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To: ScottinVA
"Defiant," my ass. This is empty posturing.

I don't think so because these "moderate" rats in the Senate understand political reality. Obamacare and Dodd-Frank were two bad laws too far. Even though they had 60 nominal rats in the Senate at the time, they refused to touch "card check" to expand union membership, "Cap & Trade" for "climate change" even though the House already passed their version of it and "comprehensive immigration reform" during Obama's first two years, much less think about renewing a so called "assault weapons" ban in the House where over 60 rat members wrote Holder to pound sand in early 2009. Hence, Fast and Furious was hatched.

They are politicians first and foremost. Chuck U Schumer recruited pro Second Amendment rats for the Senate starting in 2006. Believe it or not.

25 posted on 01/31/2013 10:16:36 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: nwrep

Gore would have been President absent very vocal Freepers and other patriots demanding an open process in the vote counting and recounting as events unfolded.

In Senate races we do not seem so fortunate.


26 posted on 01/31/2013 10:38:11 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82
“Gore would have been President absent very vocal Freepers and other patriots demanding an open process in the vote counting and recounting as events unfolded.”

You are correct. Jim Robinson saved the country for 8 years or more. Can you imagine where we would be at if Al Gore had been president when 911 happened?

27 posted on 01/31/2013 4:24:30 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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